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Monday 22 April 2019

Dan Ryan

Dan Ryan

Dr Dan Ryan is a bovine reproductive physiologist and can be contacted at www.reprodoc.ie

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Low-cost production plans not conducive to compact calving 

It is that time of year when you need to start focusing on getting cows and heifers in calf for spring calving systems in 2012. For many farmers, the primary concern to-date has been the risk of a superlevy, with some farmers producing up to 100pc above their allocated quota. This is not only a high risk financially, but feed restrictions to reduce milk production have implications in the reproductive health of cows for the coming breeding season.